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Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

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201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
+1 563-382-6052
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having lived in Texas, Colorado, and California, we have a hard time finding good Mexican food in the Midwest, so imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon this joint. Chips were hot and homemade. Salsa was ok (too sweet like almost all restaurant salsas are) but perfectly adequate. Beans and rice were seasoned well and they used cheddar on their... More 

Thank Neil S
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our first trip to dine with an out-of-town friend I was skeptical that we would be eating a Tex-Mex version of this wonderful food. I was pleasantly and completely surprised. I once was in a long term relationship with a 1st generation Mexican-American and I give her full credit for my knowledge of AUTHENTIC Mexican cuisine. No matter the... More 

Thank mark248075
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

10 out of 10!! What an authentic and wonderful place! Such friendly staff and great food!! I'm definitely coming back here, everyday for the rest of my God given life!!!

Thank Phil G
Chicago, Illinois
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153 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The owner was welcoming and made us feel at home. The food portions are quite large and the food is terrific! The fajitas were well seasoned, the chicken in cream sauce was delicious and the margaritas were very good. The fried ice cream and the churros desserts were a nice finish to a lovely meal.

Thank PMath5516
Decorah, Iowa
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have had lunch there several times and the food is very good. We waited quite a while for our food yesterday but the place was packed. It would be tough if you were on a 1/2 hour lunch break. Good service and great food.

Thank Virginia K
Pampa, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Stopped in while in Decorah to see the bald eagles. Food was good, service was good. They claim to have the best Margaritas in town...too sweet for me.

Thank Chris J
Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

My husband had the fajitas and I had a seafood enchilada! They were both amazing! Got through half of the second drink and food came to our table. Surprising for how many people were there! Great service!

Thank sarahkath2016
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Everyone loved the food they ordered at Don Jose. I had the chimichanga, which was made to perfection. The salsa is homemade and wonderful. Everything on the menu looked fantastic and is authentically Mexican.

Thank Jennifer A
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

We ate on a Saturday night early. Which was a good thing because the place ended up very busy. The food was good but standard Mexican food.

Thank Farmgirl1988
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I love their carne asada - when I order it medium rare, it IS medium rare! Cooked to perfection! Great guacamole and salsa! HUGE servings, if you aren't super hungry or a big eater, split a meal. VERY SATISFIED with anything I've ever ordered here.

Thank iowamom3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1803
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6052
We would be glad to welcome you to sample our extensive menu of Authentic Mexican food! We serve great authentic Mexican food, fast and friendly service, reasonable prices and clean place!!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?